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L.S. Lowry RA, Station Approach

Station Approach, 1962

L.S. Lowry RA (1887 - 1976)

RA Collection: Art

Lowry’s Diploma painting depicts the frenetic movement of pedestrians and cars around Exchange Station in Manchester’s city centre. The crowded street is seen from a high viewpoint, reducing the figures to Lowry’s characteristic black silhouettes with daubs of muted colour. Although he more frequently depicted such figures amongst the factories and terraced streets of industrial areas, the artist painted at least two views of the approach to this station. Fond of saying ‘I only paint what I see, you know’, Lowry nevertheless habitually painted from memory or imagination. In this case, he took particular liberties with the station façade and with the statue of Oliver Cromwell which stood at the junction. In the background, the sky is tinged with smokey grey, almost obscuring landmarks such as the tower of Strangeways Prison on the right. Exchange Station was built in 1884 but closed in 1969 and has since been demolished.

Object details

Title
Station Approach
Artist/designer
L.S. Lowry RA (1887 - 1976)
Date
1962
Object type
Painting
Copyright owner
Medium
Oil on board
Dimensions

407 mm x 509 mm x 4 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/416
Acquisition
Diploma Work given by L.S. Lowry RA accepted 1962
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